Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri warns against rule change

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Adam Vinatieri kicking an extra point for the Indianapolis Colts
Adam Vinatieri kicking an extra point for the Indianapolis Colts.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it."

That's the opinion of future hall of fame kicker Adam Vinatieri.

The Colts kicker has been very vocal about a possible rule change in the NFL where the need to kick the extra point after a touchdown would be eliminated.

The NFL has been looking at other options according to spice up the post-touchdown points scoring with the current extra point system being seen as a mostly forgone conclusion.

Other options being explored include moving the place where the kick is taken back to the 25 yard line, making this more like a field goal style kick than what it currently is.

Vinatieri however fears that changing the rule would lead more teams to go for an extra 2 points by having another play or that the distance of a kick could lead to player injuries.

He told CBS Sports: "That far of a field goal-type try, we have to go after blocking it more. If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than extra point."

His other argument is that a rule change is a penalising measure against good kickers. Whilst you can't argue that the kickers in the modern game are a lot better and consistent than they have been before, over 99% of all extra-point attempts last season were successful.

Great for kickers, fairly bland for an audience.

Other people including Jay Feely and broadcasters on ESPN radio and via twitter have all disagreed with Vinatieri claiming that the rule change isn't a penalty.

The anti-criticism of the move is that this celebrates kickers by giving them more chances to prove their talents and greatness.

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